Castle (3-1) at Central (3-1)
This will be the game to watch in southwest Indiana this week and could very well decide who wins the SIAC title.
Per the most recent AP poll (Sept. 10), both teams are ranked with Castle being number 13 in 5A and Central sitting at 14 in 4A.
Both teams are heading into Week 5 with similar resumes. Like Castle, Central’s only loss of the season came from a team outside of the area in Terre Haute South. Since their respected Week 1 losses, both teams have been lights out on defense. After their opening week loss, the Knights have only given up a total of 20 points and shut out the Bosse Bulldogs last week. From week’s two through four, Central has only given up 14 points and also shut out their opponent as well last week the Reitz Panthers.
Outside of the defense, this game could be a battle of the quarterbacks. As good as Nathan Harpenau was last week scoring a total of five first half touchdowns, Central’s Collis Turner was equally as impressive getting five touchdowns himself throwing for 248 yards.
Linton-Stockton (3-1) at Boonville (2-2)
The Pioneers are hoping to snap a two game losing streak against a team ranked 12th in 2A in the most recent AP poll. After being shutout by Jasper in Week 3, the Pioneers would come back and lose to a decent North Know team by the score of 34-20.
The Miners score a lot of points. In their past three games, they have scored over 30. In contrast, the Pioneers have given up 30 in their two losses. For Boonville to come away with a win, they will need to find a way to stop Miner’s quarterback Trey Goodman. In the Miners first three games, the junior has thrown for six touchdowns with only one interception and 415 yards.
With Linton being almost 100 miles away from Boonville, perhaps the Pioneers can take advantage of the long-distance travel as the game will be played at Bennett Field.
Perry Central (1-3) at Tecumseh (1-3)
The Braves are going to have to find a way to score some points if they want to get their second win of the season. With the exception of scoring 39 points in Week 2 against Pike Central, the Braves have only scored 2 points in their other three games. They are coming off a 26-0 loss at Forest Park while the Commodores are coming off a 28-6 loss to Paoli.
“Perry as always will be a very tough opponent. They have an accomplished quarterback that is the centerpiece of their offense. He will be tough to stop as he is a running threat as well,” Tecumseh coach Jeff Daming said. “They have several good receivers and a strong running back.”